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Buy to let lending falls for the first time in two years
Landlord demand for buy to let mortgages has fallen for the first time in two years, according to the Bank of England. The information was disclosed in the Bank’s quarterly credit survey for the first three month’s of the year. Overall, banks and building societies expect l
Posted by on 30/03/2012 13:11:39
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Oxford’s battle with student landlords by numbers
The UK’s first controversial citywide shared house licensing scheme has had a mixed reception one year on. Councillors, residents and students praise the scheme in Oxford, while landlords and letting agents accuse house in multiple occupation licensing inspections of pettiness
Posted by on 29/03/2012 16:45:24
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Britain’s Got Talent landlord faces £1m bankruptcy
Britain’s Got Talent finalist and student landlord Liam Collins is facing bankruptcy over the £1 million debts of a failed property business. Collins, 33, is a familiar face in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he is regularly seen entertaining crowds with street dancing. His tal
Posted by on 29/03/2012 11:33:57
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£150 billion housing gap will fuel 20% rent rise
Buy to let needs to switch to a business model similar to student letting to meet the growing demand for homes, according to a new report. The student market is partly serviced by corporate investors earning high yields, while a lack of institutional investors could leave a ma
Posted by on 27/03/2012 14:51:36
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New EPC rules for landlords ready for green light
Shared house and buy to let landlords face a new set of energy performance certificate (EPC) rules from April 6. The rules beef up some of the failings of the current system and are aimed at underpinning the government’s commitments to energy saving under international global wa
Posted by on 27/03/2012 14:45:43
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Instant equity promises breach advertising standards
Promises of ‘instant equity’ from property investment firms to student landlords and buy to let owners are in breach of advertising standards. The consumer champion that protects the public from false claims in adverts has ruled property finders will have to prove the buyer ma
Posted by on 27/03/2012 14:42:08
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Budget 2012 - Stay as you are for property people
Budget 2012 had few property tax changes for the ordinary landlord - with Chancellor George Osborne aiming his big guns at wealthy tax avoiders. Besides increasing income tax personal allowances, everything is steady as you go for student landlords and buy to let investors.
Posted by on 27/03/2012 14:31:37
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Does politics colour council attitudes to student landlords?
What’s the difference between Oxford and Cambridge that makes a such a difference in the way each city deals with landlords and students? Cambridge has a student population of around 30,000 - making up one in four of the population of 120,000. Oxford is also home to around
Posted by on 09/03/2012 10:07:52
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Is your property an HMO?
Student landlords are often confused by complicated house in multiple occupation (HMO) rules, as the law contains special exemptions for students. Student halls are exempt from HMO rules but student lets are not. The key is a student HMO is the tenant’s main home under the
Posted by on 09/03/2012 10:02:00
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Student landlords deserve more tax breaks, claims RLA
Chancellor George Osborne should give student landlords more tax breaks to encourage them to invest and expand their businesses, claims the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The RLA is urging the Chancellor to change the tax status of private residential letting busines
Posted by on 09/03/2012 10:01:05
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Landlords fined thousands for HMO failings
Busy courts have fined several HMO landlords for poorly managing and maintaining their properties in several separate trials. Swansea Council announced 21 successful prosecutions against HMO landlords with two cases of letting houses in multiple occupation without licences.
Posted by on 02/03/2012 16:55:01
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